Saturday, June 30, 2007
Some friends who were moving gave me these shelves this week. I gave them a fresh coat of white paint and bought some lovely textured 'paper' to line the back of them.
They are now beside my side of the bed, housing the books I am reading and some of my sewing equipment, plus some photos. Oh, and my old bear...Eddy Teddy.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Angela Throgmorton was exhausted. The time had come to make a few changes.
Old Tom had been a beautiful baby. But now he was big enough to help with the housework.
So Angela made a list of things for him to do.
...All of a sudden Old Tom felt sick.
We have a daughter that mysteriously develops leg pains when she is given any jobs to do.
We love "Old Tom" books in our house. They are written and illustrated by Leigh Hobbs.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
These are 3 postcards I bought at the Powerhouse Museum last year when I went to see the William Morris exhibition. My friend Vanessa made the frames. She covered them with a beautiful textured paper.
William Morris (March 24, 1834 – October 3, 1896) was an English artist, writer, socialist and activist. He was one of the principal founders of the British arts and crafts movement best known as a designer of wallpaper and patterned fabrics, a writer of poetry and fiction and a pioneer of the socialist movement in Britain. (Wikipedia)
And this is a picture painted by my daughter Lauren whilst she was in Kindergarten.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE colour. I love how I can paint a room a new colour and give it a whole new feel. Or make a new quilt cover to match a season.
There are some wonderful yellows through to reds in our garden at the moment.
The Chinese Tallow tree, the last to turn in the district I think, adds warmth to Winter. As does the the 'sunflower' tree given to me by Richard B. (I'm not sure of its real name.)
If you look at the photo of the Chinese Tallow tree below, you will see a large nest in the branches. We think it is possibly the home of a possum.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Despite the fact that I am quite handy at creating most things, cake decorating is not my forte. When I first had children I was all quite keen, and would bake a cake and then try and ice it, before beginning the decoration process. However, I have learnt that 'Sara Lee' makes a very good slab cake, just ready for the fancy stuff to be placed on top.
My children are fond of the 'Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book', and spend a great amount of time choosing the next cake they must have for their next birthday. I often listen with mild amusement, knowing that the chances of the cake ever looking like the one in the photograph are slim.
Madeleine's instructions for her cake this year were, that it was to be caramel (wasn't going to happen), and that it was to have the wording, "Madeleine is eight." Well here is what I have come up with:
There are always other little 'cooks' to be found if there is anything to do with cakes happening in the kitchen.
Below are the cute chickens on my kitchen window sill that I bought for the kids last Easter.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Once a month I have been getting together with a group of ladies who like to read - we talk about what we have read, and then choose some books for the month ahead. Instead of meeting in a lounge room, we decided to meet at 'Borders' tonight. A sensible decision as there is a coffee shop and thousands of books to peruse.
But OH!!!, the temptation!!!!
Fortunately I had a gift card I had received for my birthday. However, it would be all too easy to lose all self control and restack my bookshelves in one mad shopping spree.
This is a few of the books I hope to read this month.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I have a friend Kate would makes the most lovely cards by recycling other cards, pieces of fabric etc. that she has. I especially like the cards she makes where she sews swatches of fabric onto card using her sewing machine.
I have a box set aside with a whole heap of things I have collected to create my own cards, but despite my good intentions, I hardly seem to do it. Once upon a time I used to make my own Christmas cards each year (about 60 at a time!!), and have them all written on and ready for the mid-December post out. I wonder what happened....
Well, at least I have all the stuff stored in a nice box. Good storage is very important.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
My family gave me a gorgeous new coat for my birthday. It is not only visually pleasing (to me), but feels great too - soft and velvety. In true tradition, I was the one who found it, bought it, and then asked them to give it to me.
AND I tolerated my first bit of steak tonight in 10 years. It was heavily disguised in a pasta dish, but was still red meat. Now everyone can stop hassling me about needing to eat meat to increase my iron levels!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
The label on the back of the bottle gives a little bit of information about cricket. The 'Silly Mid On', for example, states:
"Standing closest to the batsman, silly mid on is cricket's most dangerous fielding position, again proving the line between bravery and stupidity is indeed fine."
For those who are interested, the wines are from the Clare Valley, and the Sauvignon Blanc Semillon was a very nice drop we enjoyed with lunch today.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
1. Sift & mix dry ingredients.
2. Mix through butter; then add water, vanilla and eggs.
3. 180'C for 35-45 minutes.